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Site Hazard Assessment

Welcome to the Site Hazard Assessment program in Island County, Washington.

The Site Hazard Assessment program investigates complaints involving air, water, or soil contamination.  Environmental Health staff follows up on complaints regarding properties that may be contaminated by chemical spills or releases and illegal chemical waste disposal.  

Environmental Health receives these complaints through referrals from the Department of Ecology.  Upon Ecology’s referral, Environmental Health inspects the property to determine if the complaint is justified and decides if further assessment work should be done at the property.  If you see a spill or other environmental problem, call Department of Ecology's Northwest Regional Office at (425) 649-7000.  Complaint forms are also available online at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/forms/nerts_online/NWRO_nerts_online.html

Initial Investigation of Properties - The purpose of the initial investigation is to determine whether a release or threatened release of a hazardous substance may have occurred that warrants further action. Sites that contain, or are suspected to contain, a release of hazardous substances are listed on the Department of Ecology’s Confirmed & Suspected Contaminated Sites list for further action under state regulations. Environmental Health follows up on complaints regarding properties that may be contaminated by chemical spills or releases and illegal chemical waste disposal and inspects the property to determine if the complaint is justified and decides if further assessment work should be done at the property. 

Site Hazard Assessment  - After the initial investigation, if further work is needed, Environmental Health will conduct a Site Hazard Assessment under the direction of Department of Ecology.  The Site Hazard Assessment information is used to rank the site from 1 to 5 (1 being most hazardous) to estimate the potential threat to human and environmental health that the property poses in its current condition.   For a list of contaminated sites in Island County contact the Department of Ecology at (360) 407-7000.

 

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Related Links
DOE - Confirmed & Suspected Contaminated Sites Database
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DOE - Focus on Site Hazard Assessment
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DOE - Focus Sheet: Model Toxic Control Act Cleanup
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